Highway & Transportation
Nearly 80 percent of NATSO’s truckstop and travel plaza members are located within one-quarter mile of the Interstate HighwaySystem. NATSO supports a robust federal highway program that is funded through the motor fuels tax. The fuel tax remains the most efficient and equitable method to raise dedicated highway funds and represents the ultimate user fee or pay-as-you-go approach to funding infrastructure. NATSO opposes revenue measures that are inefficient and disrupt interstate travel and freight movement, such as the tolling of interstate highways.
For the second time in as many weeks, a key congressional committee held a hearing to consider funding options for improving the nation's infrastructure. Throughout the hearing, senators emphasized the need to find direct funding opportunities -- such as raising the motor fuel excise tax -- because private financing does not provide a complete solution, especially in rural communities.
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In the first of what will surely be many Congressional hearings on highway policy this year, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee heard from executives at FedEx, Cargill, BMW, and Vermeer Corp., as well as the AFL-CIO. The hearing was widely bipartisan, and lawmakers called it a good first step in the process of developing a massive infrastructure plan. But it remains clear that Congress and the White House still have a long way to go before they can agree on a viable path forward to raise the necessary revenue to improve the nation's transportation system.
The U.S. Senate on Jan. 31 voted 93 to 6, confirming Elaine Chao as the 18th Secretary of Transportation, replacing outgoing Secretary Anthony Foxx.
Senate Democrats on Jan. 24 introduced a $1 trillion infrastructure plan, laying down a marker for President Donald Trump, who pledged to introduce a massive infrastructure package during his first 100 days in office.
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